Let’s not forget
Let’s not forget the crescendo of birdsong
As we stopped to listen and paused to breathe in
Fresh, cleaner air; as we lessened pollution
Nature’s recovering; earth’s healing begins.
Let’s not forget the kindness of neighbours
And the blessings we found when we gave and received.
The sense of belonging and standing together
Lessening “I “, more community – “we”.
Let’s not forget those we applauded
The carers, keyworkers and the NHS.
Each showing commitment, service and courage,
Dealing with trauma as the crisis unfurled.
Let’s not forget the many who died
Not a statistic, but each with a name.
Each with a story, a purpose, a value
Leaving a gap, and others heart-broken pain.
Let’s not forget all who are grieving
Their pain is continuous while others move on.
No farewell or sending increases the sorrow
For loved ones departed; grief’s burdens have grown.
Let’s not forget that our world-view was changing
Perspectives were shifting of what we hold dear:
Not things that we hoard, but the ones that we hold;
Life’s precarious but precious, to be lived with great care.